Posted on April 28, 2014
If you have been reading my 52Rolls adventures, you probably already know that I happened into a big, box of vintage cameras and been having all kinds of fun figuring out which cameras work or what they do. It has been a big inspiration on getting through a roll of film each week. It has also increased the price of this little project significantly. But, it’s all for the love of film, right?
A bigger bonus in the box of cameras was the discovery of FOUR rolls of exposed film that had not been processed. If you are a film geek like me, this is a Christmas treasure. Just imagine what wonderful images could possibly be on those rolls of film? Treasures from the past.
It did not even remotely occur to me that I didn’t know who had taken the photos or that they might be weird/obscene/ruin my perfectly normal relationship with the film developer that I have been sending film to this year. Not, that is, until AFTER I had sent them off. A twinge of worry set it at that moment and did not go away until I got the email. This could end up very awkward.
The Darkroom sends an email when they receive your film and then when it has been processed so you can see it online. They also send prints or your negatives back to you in the mail. I love this place.
The email came that two rolls were blank. I was bummed. Disappointed. Then, I waited another day before a new email arrived.
“Your Images Have Been Processed.”
THE OTHER TWO HAD IMAGES! I was so excited. It really was Christmas for me.
Thankfully, the photos were perfectly normal and probably boring to most people. What.A.Relief.
And, since I do actually know the person who knew the people (his family) that the cameras had belonged to, we went on a mission to discover what/who/where/when for the following photos. Enjoy!
The following shots are of a 1967 Ford Mustang. My friend still owns this car and it is his favorite. I think it tinkled him to discover the photos of the car on the old camera. Partially, because the camera was his mom’s and … well, you know how that stuff goes. The best part of this story is that THIS car in THESE photos was how I met my friend in the first place. He ran into the back of my 1987 Suzuki Samurai with this beautiful Mustang. I was so mad at him that I was speechless. The damage was minor, we were in a parking lot at the time. I was pissed that he had scratched my car but even madder at him that he had scratched it with such a beautiful Mustang.
And, now, the photos have made it a full circle from my friend’s family all the way back to my friendship with him.
I believe there’s a little bit of kismet in these photos, don’t you think?
Posted on September 23, 2013
I bought myself a little present. A 35mm film scanner. It’s not the fanciest thing or the most expensive but it will do the trick. And, most importantly, it will bring some of my 35mm projects of the past to the light of day in the digital world.
Here’s a look at it:
It is a DBTech 35mm film slide and negative scanner, 10 mega pixel. I grabbed it on Amazon for $69.99 and am pretty happy with the results from my first scans. It is super easy to use and has a digital screen so you can see what you are doing. Bonus, you don’t have to be hooked up to the computer and you can add memory to it. No additional software, it’s just a simple camera and save. Then, you use a UBS to save it to your computer and can edit it however you want. I like simple. Two thumbs up for this one!
Of course, I scanned one of my most favorite sets of film. I will do a full blog post about these images but wanted to focus on just the scanner for today. And, why I think it is important to save your film to digital.
I love the “vintage” look and I’m all about filters that do that trick on Instagram. So, seeing this pictures is fun. But, there are scratches and fading that happen over time. So, get to preserving people! It doesn’t take long. These photos were taken in 1997.
I took the photos with my Nikon FM2. All manual, no fancy nothing. I love that camera. My skills have changed since 1997 but I still love this set. It was a great experience at the museum to watch this monk build a sand mandala and it was a great experience learning that camera. The focus isn’t perfect and there were some challenges for lighting in the museum but I think the scanning came out pretty good. Stay tuned for another post with the rest of the pictures and more information about the sand mandala process.
Do you have any old film that you need to get scanned?